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DA:NCE Newsletter – SEPTEMBER 2020

2020 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation iSummit connects DA:NCE internationally
by Mary Bawden

An online Summit? My first one. I’m talking about the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit from July 18-28. Almost 20,000 attendees from countries all over the world. ‘Healthy or Harmful Dance: What Do the Experts Say?’ was featured daily during the conference. Here’s an example of what one speaker (that I didn’t know before the conference) messaged to me: Your video was freaking Ahhhmazing!!!

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Guest Blogger:
Susan Gingrasso, M.A., Dance Educator, Certified Move Analyst

Language of Dance® – A Conceptual and Pedagogical Framework to develop whole-child learning in and through dance – What if children had an “alphabet” of movement concepts to explore, experience, and build their understanding of themselves as movers, as creators? What if this “alphabet” guided children to think, do, and feel their own movement fully – to develop their ownership of and agency over their movement choices? What if this approach to learning, performing, and communicating through movement was playful and generative?

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Healthy Dance Studio

One of the goals of the DA:NCE is to highlight organizations we feel embody healthy dance. We are pleased to present: DANCE 101 located in Tempe, AZ.

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Guest Blogger:
Dr. Brook Bello-Parker-Founder of More Too Life

As a national expert on child abuse with a PhD, Dr. Bello knows that all forms of sexual abuse including the hypersexualization of children in dance, overlap and re-enforce each other.

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New DA:NCE PowerPoint Calls Out the Injustice of Hypersexualization
by Mary Bawden

Revealing the injustice of hypersexualization in dance motivates my concern, my sadness, and my grief for children who depend on you and I to protect them. That’s why I founded DA:NCE. Harmful dance creates horrific outcomes that need to be righted.

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Healthy or Hypersexualized: Children’s DA:NCE
by Mary Bawden

This article was featured on the National Dance Education Organization website. NDEO is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts for people of all backgrounds.

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Cuties Is Not Cute: DA:NCE Says Children Are Not Mini-Adults
by Mary Bawden

Because of the release of the movie ‘Cuties’, DA:NCE would like to make some brief statements about the film. In next month’s blog post, Mary Bawden will focus on this issue in more depth.

‘Cuties’, a new film on Netflix, features hypersexualized 10 & 11 year old girls with dance themes that groom youngsters for objectification in childification porn. It also emphasizes racial stereotypes that connect people of color to sexual exploitation.

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DA:NCE Happenings…

Here’s a list of a few of the things we’ve got going on:

  1. We just completed a presentation to the State of Texas Child Sex Trafficking Team. Click Here to watch.
  2. Australia interview with Michaela Jones: SocialJustUs
  3. Canadian podcast with Mikaela Gray: fight4freedom
  4. UK Podcast with Tea Staegerman: ‘Truth Talks’

~ Mary


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